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tupolevtu144

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A USAF C-17 taking off from an airbase in South Korea has just landed in Taipei Songshan Airport several hours ago. The visit is a landmark event because it marks the very first time a USAF aircraft has landed in Taiwan since the end of the Vietnam War.
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A USAF C-17 taking off from an airbase in South Korea has just landed in Taipei Songshan Airport several hours ago. The visit is a landmark event because it marks the very first time a USAF aircraft has landed in Taiwan since the end of the Vietnam War.
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Not strictly true. A pair of F-18s landed in Taiwan in 2015 I believe due to technical difficulties? This is however the first time a US military aircraft landed in Taiwan on purpose since the end of the Vietnam War.
 

tupolevtu144

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Not strictly true. A pair of F-18s landed in Taiwan in 2015 I believe due to technical difficulties? This is however the first time a US military aircraft landed in Taiwan on purpose since the end of the Vietnam War.
Well it can be said so. Both US and Taiwanese authorities were very low-key about the F-18 event while this time it's a high-profile visit with the Taiwanese government super high-key about it.
 

tupolevtu144

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A USAF C-17 taking off from an airbase in South Korea has just landed in Taipei Songshan Airport several hours ago. The visit is a landmark event because it marks the very first time a USAF aircraft has landed in Taiwan since the end of the Vietnam War.
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So I copied this from the COVID sub to give u guys some more context:

A USAF C-17 carrying 750 thousand COVID vaccines (type unknown but presumably AZ) and senators Tammy Duckworth, Dan Sullivan and Chris Coons has arrived at Taipei Songshan Airport at 7:19 AM 6/6 Taipei time. This marks a landmark event because this is the first time a USAF aircraft has officially landed in Taiwan since the end of the Vietnam war.

According to Taiwanese media, this event also marks a great victory for both the U.S. and Taiwan and a "monumental defeat" for China since not only has the C-17 successfully evaded PLAAF surveillance by arriving during bad weather and successfully fooling PLAAF surveillance via C-12 decoys, "thus successfully exposing the inferior capabilities of the PLAAF", it also marks a "great diplomatic humiliation" for China since China has failed to stop "the US military returning to Taiwan" which "Chinese authorities have vowed to stop such an event from happening".
 

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A USAF C-17 taking off from an airbase in South Korea has just landed in Taipei Songshan Airport several hours ago. The visit is a landmark event because it marks the very first time a USAF aircraft has landed in Taiwan since the end of the Vietnam War.
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It’s the visit of those 3 senators (Duckworth is easy to spot as she uses a wheelchair, as well as the obsequious and reptilian movements of the FM).

Surprised they used a C-17 to transport them and not a “VC” aircraft.
 

tupolevtu144

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It’s the visit of those 3 senators (Duckworth is easy to spot as she uses a wheelchair, as well as the obsequious and reptilian movements of the FM).

Surprised they used a C-17 to transport them and not a “VC” aircraft.
Well if you read my additional post the flight also contained 750 thousand doses of COVID vaccines, so I think they just decided one flight is a lot more convenient than two.
 

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